Murcia recorded the wettest May in at least 62 years and half of the month was stormy

Murcia recorded the wettest May in at least 62 years and half of the month was stormy
Rescue by the fire brigade, rain and storm in the Murcia Region
Rescue by the fire brigade, rain and storm in the Murcia region
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The Region of Murcia has just said goodbye to the rainiest month of May of at least the last 62 years, since records have been kept, being the 23rd the rainiest, as it rained on average in the Community in those 24 hours more than it usually rains in the whole month, almost 40 litres per m2, when the usual is about 27 litres per m2.

This has advanced to Europa Press the spokesman of the territorial delegation of Aemet in Murcia, Luis Bañón, who has described this situation as “surprising” for its persistence, by that alteration called ‘blocking rex’ of the anticyclone, in meteorological terms, which causes the squalls enter the Peninsula and extend in the environment.

The number of stormy days and the amount of lightning is also striking, and although it is an extreme to be confirmed, it has been very high, given that “half the month was stormy”.

For this reason, the Aemet warns that this is a situation that is not characteristic of May, as it is normal for rainfall to average 27 litres per square metre in the Region and currently, according to provisional data, the Community has recorded more than 110 litres per square metre on average.

So “this far exceeds the previous record of May 1976, when 98 litres per square metre fell on average in the Region”, said Bañón, who pointed out that May rainfall records have been exceeded in many stations and at regional level.

In general terms, the first 10 days of the month were warmer than normal, with temperatures typical of June, and with this situation, when the squalls began to enter the blocking situation was established for the middle of the month, specifically around the 17th. Throughout this episode, both maximum and minimum temperatures were generally lower than normal, more typical of April.

This blocking situation with the anticyclone to the north and the squalls in our environment has caused this instability, which has been characterised by being very persistent in the Region, with low pressure and closed squalls, occasionally with DANAS, which have left a cold atmosphere, maintaining this atmospheric instability during the last two weeks.

Although a first and second episode were recorded on 7 and 12-13 May, the most persistent episode, starting on the 17th, has not yet ended.

The storm situation has been very irregular, with storms recorded in practically the whole Region. In fact, almost all the stations have managed to collect significant amounts of precipitation and many of them have broken records in this month of May.

For example, at the Cieza station, more than 200 litres per square metre were recorded. Although it is provisional, the rainfall recorded at the Meteorological Observatory of the Alcantarilla Air Base during this month of May, which ends this Thursday, reached 133.7 litres per m2.

Bañón forecasts that the unstable situation will continue over the next few days, although gradually, with a view to the beginning of next week, the situation will change because the anticyclone in the British Isles will cease and a very isolated squall will lurk to the west, which will maintain some instability in the Region, with stationary Atlantic squalls that could affect the Community.

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